“I was trained a few years back and have implemented FMI for the Preschool Head Start families. I have 20 family advocates that provide the direct services and have really grown to appreciate the Family MAPS Inventory tool. There was fear at first because of the tools size and the depth of questions asked, however my advocates love it! It was great watching the staff grow over the past years with this tool.
We have seasoned staff; one has worked for us for 40 years, so it was a change. Staff have embraced the tool and really like it. I have monthly meetings with the advocates and dedicate time to discuss the challenges, the successes and peer share. Our challenges have diminished over time. We find we have less crisis referrals and more training events. I feel this is because we are having in depth conversations and parents share information that might impact them in the next few months…we give them information and training before the crisis hits.”
– Pinal Gila Community Child Services Inc. Head Start